Western NY Death Toll Rises from Cold, Storm Chaos: Air Travel Nightmare Continues

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The massive winter storm that killed dozens of people isn’t over yet. Snow continues to fall in western New York, and canceled flights are holding up passengers trying to get home after their holidays are over.

Buffalo, New York, was hit hardest as the Arctic blast swept through the region, creating just under 50 inches of snow cover in three days. A few more inches are expected, and President Biden has already approved federal aid to the region.

“This was a very difficult and dangerous storm. It has been described as a once-in-a-generation storm, and all that was predicted came to the city of Buffalo,” said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. said. .

Dangerous weather has claimed the lives of at least 29 people in New York, and officials believe the death toll will continue to rise. In some cases, emergency vehicles were unable to reach victims. More than 500 people were rescued.

Some victims may have died of hypothermia as snow piled up and people were stuck in cars and homes. It saddened the family.

“It’s very easy to ask yourself why God and why, but we’re not meant to always know the answer.”

Elsewhere across the country, it’s been a travel nightmare: 3,600 flights were canceled on Monday, including 70% of Southwest Airlines’ flights.

Travelers wait to pick up their bags at a Southwest Airlines baggage counter after a flight is canceled at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia)

Thousands of passengers were stranded across the country.

Phoenix passenger Kara Derek said, “I was kept on hold for four hours. Then I was told that no one had been on the Southwest flight for four days.”

Delays from Houston to Tampa to Raleigh are causing travel troubles. Wednesday’s flight has already been cancelled.

“This spread from west to east, affecting nearly all of the largest airports and struggling to recover,” Southwest spokesperson Jay McVay said.

The U.S. Department of Transportation vowed to investigate the Southwest Airlines problem after it said the cancellation rate was “unacceptable.”

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